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What's Best For You: Booth Rental or Commission-Based Salon?

We're tackling a question that's on every aspiring stylist's mind: Should you go for a booth rental or a commission-based salon?
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What’s Best For You: Booth Rental or Commission-Based Salon?

Work for yourself or work for others? The age-old question.

At TENAJ Salon Institute, we’re all about empowering you to make the best choices for your dream future. We help back up your cosmetology skills with a business mindset. After all, this is what’s needed to succeed in the beauty industry.

In this post, we’re tackling a question that’s on every aspiring stylist’s mind: Should you go for a booth rental or a commission-based salon?

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The Great Debate: Booth Rental vs. Commission-Based

As every guest behind the chair has a different story, so does every stylist. Each stylist’s journey is different, and there’s no shame in the game for any path taken.

That’s the beauty of our industry – there’s no one-size-fits-all approach!

Whether you’re longing to be your own boss or craving the support of a salon family, we’ve got the tea on both booth rental and commission-based options.

Booth Rental: Freedom and Flexibility

Working as a booth rental stylist is like being the captain of your own ship. Like the endless sea, you’re presented with endless possibilities.

That’s the essence of booth rental! Let’s break down why some stylists are head over heels for this option:

1. Be Your Own Boss.

Who doesn’t love calling the shots? With booth rental, you’re the CEO of your own mini salon empire. Set your hours, choose your products, and be your own boss babe!

2. Financial Flair.

Keep more of what you earn! Booth rental often means a higher percentage of your service fees stays in your pocket. Cha-ching!

3. Flexibility Galore.

Want to take a spontaneous vacay or experiment with new services? Booth rental gives you the freedom to shape your schedule and offerings.

4. Build Your Brand.

Create a unique identity that’s all you! Be it your station’s decor or how you approach your marketing strategy, you’re in control of your personal brand.

5. Product Passion.

Love a particular product line? Not a fan of another? As a booth renter, you can choose the products that make your heart sing (and your client’s hair happy!)

But, hold onto your styling shears, because booth rental isn’t all glitz and glamour. Here are a few challenges to consider:

  • Upfront Costs: Be prepared to initially and continually invest in your setup, including equipment, products, marketing, and possibly even insurance. Inflation doesn’t play!
  • Building Clientele: Without a built-in salon marketing machine, you’ll need to hustle to attract and retain clients. While you can do this yourself, it can be overwhelming. Investing in a marketing specialist may be worth taking some responsibility off your shoulders. However, that comes with a cost!
  • Administrative Duties: Between taxes, bookkeeping, and inventory management, you’ll wear many hats beyond just “hairstylist.” You’ll be a one woman show unless you hire extra assistance!
  • Potential Isolation: Miss the buzz of a bustling salon or cutting up with co-workers? Booth rental can sometimes feel a bit lonely. If you’re more of an extrovert, this could really rain on your parade. If you’re more of an introvert, this could be just what you’re looking for.

Commission-Based Salons: Team Spirit and Growth Opportunities

Now, let’s flip the script and explore commission-based salons. Teamwork makes the dreamwork meets we’ve got spirit, how ‘bout you? Here’s why some stylists are all about that commission life:

1. Built-In Support System.

From reception services to marketing efforts, you’ve got a whole squad backing you up. There’s no need to be the jack of all trades in a salon, you can solely focus on your craft! And there’s always a shoulder to lean on and someone in your corner.

2. Training and Education.

Many commission-based salons offer ongoing education to keep you up-to-date on what’s trending and the latest techniques. Our sister salon, Salon Jaylee, is known for keeping their containing education going all year ‘round. Free certifications? Yes, please! We love a full resume.

3. Established Clientele.

Walk into a ready-made pool of potential clients, giving you a head start on building your book. You don’t realize how much of a blessing this is until you’re in the field! While you still gotta put in the work to self-promote yourself, it’s much easier at a salon.

4. Benefits Package.

Some salons offer perks like health insurance, paid time off, retirement plans, 401K matching, and more. Hello, adulting! These perks win a lot of stylists over when mapping out their long-term career goals. Our sister salon, Salon Jaylee is also known for their generous benefit.

5. Mentorship Opportunities.

Learn from seasoned pros and grow your skills faster than you can say “balayage.” You learn a lot in cosmetology school, but you learn so much more when you’re in a salon! Most salons welcome those fresh out of a school and take you under their wing.

But, just like a tricky color correction, commission-based salons come with their own set of considerations:

  • Less Financial Control: Your income is tied to the salon’s policies and commission structure. Certain salons offer an hourly rate and commission on product sales as well, which does off-set slow days.
  • Limited Product Choice: You’ll typically need to use and sell the products the salon carries. Make sure you approve of the salon’s product lines before deciding to work with them. Be open to options, yet be cautious of low quality— they’re countless beauty brands out there.
  • Schedule Constraints: Your hours may be set by salon management, which could cramp your style if you’re looking for more flexibility. On the other hand, you may need the structure. We’re all different, and that’s totally okay.
  • Shared Space: You might have less control over your immediate work environment and decor. Vibe with the salon’s vibe, or vibe out!

What’s Best For You?: Questions to Ask Yourself

Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Let’s go inward. Here are some soul-searching questions to help you decide which path is right for you:

1. How comfortable are you with financial risk and reward?

2. Do you prefer a team environment, or do you like to work solo?

3. Are you ready to handle the business side of things, or would you rather focus solely on hair?

4. How important is flexibility in your work schedule?

5. What kind of support system do you need to succeed?

Remember, there’s no wrong answer here – it’s all about finding the perfect fit for YOU!

The TENAJ Advantage: Preparing You for Success

At TENAJ Salon Institute, we’re passionate about setting you up for success, no matter which path you choose. Our comprehensive education program equip you with the business knowledge and industry insights you need to thrive in any salon environment.

Our expert instructors and state-of-the-art facilities ensure you’re ready to take on the beauty world like a champ, regardless if you’re dreaming of booth rental freedom or commission-based teamwork.

Your Journey, Your Choice

At the end of the day, choosing between booth rental and commission-based salons is up to you. Both options offer unique advantages and challenges, and the right choice depends on your individual goals, personality, and vision for your career.

Keep in mind, your path in the beauty industry doesn’t have to be set in stone. Many stylists try both options throughout their careers, gaining valuable experience and insights along the way. The most important thing is to stay true to yourself, keep learning, follow your heart, and never stop chasing your dreams!

Ready to take the first step towards making your mark in the beauty industry? Visit TENAJ Salon Institute and let us guide you along the way. Booth rental or salon, we’ll show you the ropes!

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